Local News

  • Holden Beach West may solve guardhouse problem with automated gate

    Holden Beach won’t rebuild the West End guard shack that controlled traffic into the private community, but town staff has pointed the property owners association in the right direction.

    After the guardhouse at the entrance of Holden Beach West was destroyed in a January traffic accident, residents began attending town meetings to ask about assistance to replace the building.

    “Every time we’ve come to town hall, no one is able to help us solve our problem,” Ray Compton of 1317 Ocean Blvd. said at the March town meeting.

  • Budget talks start in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach officials discussed their budget concerns Monday, but won’t dig into the dollars and cents until June.

    Commissioners agreed they want to balance the budget while avoiding an increase in the tax rate and a decrease in the general fund.

    Last year the tax rate remained 12.7 cents on every $100 of property valuation, but the board also approved taking $182,000 out of the fund balance to balance the 2012-13 budget.

  • Dancing with the Brunswick Stars unveiled for 2013

    Sixteen local “stars” and their professional partners taking part in the fifth annual Dancing With The Brunswick Stars were announced at a kickoff reception Tuesday.

    The event to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation is Aug. 9, but fundraising and practice have already begun.

  • Sewer cost rises in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The cost of sewer service just got a little higher in Sunset Beach.

    Contrary to the $5,303.53 per-parcel assessment set for the town and announced by Brunswick County two months ago, the cost has now been adjusted an extra $50—to $5,353.

    In an April 22 email to Sunset Beach Town Council, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce attributed the $50-per-parcel increase to a reduced number of assessed parcels. Pierce also indicated it’s not unusual for that number to change between preliminary and final assessments.

  • Streetscape hearing on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—A public hearing for the town’s future streetscape project is on the Sunset Beach Town Council agenda for its monthly meeting Monday night, May 6.

    The session starts at 6:45 p.m. with a draft agenda review and general council discussion, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at town hall, 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

  • Brunswick County Relay for Life timeline

    Friday, May 3

    6 p.m. opening ceremony

    6:30 p.m. survivor lap

    6:45 p.m. caregiver lap

    7 p.m. team spirit lap

    7:15 p.m. kids’ walk events

    7:30 p.m. kids’ lap

    8 p.m. dance party

    8:35 p.m. pinwheel lap

    8:45 p.m. survivor speaker Tony Caison

    9 p.m. luminary ceremony

    9:30 p.m. Gloria’s pink celebration parade

    9:45 p.m. cupcake-eating contest

    10 p.m. womanless beauty pageant

  • Relay for Life ready to roll Friday and Saturday at WBHS

    It’s a festive yet bittersweet time as organizers prepare for the 20th annual Relay for Life to benefit cancer research this Friday and Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    As of press deadline Tuesday evening, 68 teams and 725 participants had already raised $105,884.92 for the American Cancer Society, according to the latest tally on the Relay for Life of Brunswick County website.

  • Birthdays rack up food donations for animal shelter

    For her seventh birthday April 5, Natalya Mewborn asked for a kitty-cat-themed party.

    The invited party guests in her age group wore cat-ear headbands, cat noses and painted whiskers on their faces and played kitty-cat games that rainy Friday at a kids’ gym.

    “It was her idea,” said Kevin Mewborn, Natalya’s dad. “That’s what she wanted to do.”

  • Beck's is back in Calabash

    CALABASH—Like a phoenix, a newly rebuilt Calabash eatery has risen from the ashes after burning in a fire last year.

    Beck’s Restaurant at 1014 River Road reopened at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    “We’re excited that Beck’s is back,” chamber president Shannon Viera at the start of Monday’s ceremony.

  • Shallotte restaurant making motion-picture debut

    SHALLOTTE—Sal Rubio and his restaurant, The Grille, are getting ready for their film debut.

    The restaurant at 4635 Main St. caught the eye of location scouts for the film “Tammy,” a comedy written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who will also direct.

    McCarthy is the star of CBS’ “Mike and Molly,” but also has had great success recently in movies after receiving an Academy Award nomination for her role in “Bridesmaids.”